Pop Surrealism

New Exhibition by Brett Andrus

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. proudly present “An Invitation: A New Exhibition by Brett Andrus.”  The opening reception for this show will be on Friday, August 3rd, from 5:30 pm until midnight.  There will be spontaneous performances by Sansara Modern Dance Company and Moonhoney Gypsy Tango Cabaret.  In addition to works by Brett Andrus, two Modbo Collective artists, Lorelei Beckstrom and Nina Peterson, have been invited to show work.  The show runs through Friday, August 31st.  The Modbo can be reached at 633-4240, or


For “An Invitation,” Andrus has created an entirely new body of work to fill both galleries, the Modbo and S.P.Q.R., and in an entirely new medium– house paint.  (Specifically, Behr Premium Paint and Primer in One.)  Typically an oil painter, Andrus sought to challenge himself with this new medium while remaining true to his narrative figurative style and also maintaining his focus on the female form.  The result is an oeuvre that conceptually challenges the viewer as voyeur and plays with the idea of time and story through each piece.

Colorado Springs native Brett Andrus studied painting and art history at The Savannah College of Art and Design before returning home to Colorado in 2001. He has showed in Savannah, New York City, New Orleans, Atlanta, Denver, and Colorado Springs.  Andrus received a Gold from The Gazette last year for “Vögel(n),” his most recent solo show.  He was the also the mastermind and artistic director behind the recent “Rubrittica vs. Ceralusia” show at the galleries, a body of work that has also been displayed in Trinidad and will travel to other Front Range locations in 2013.  Andrus is the co-owner of The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., and the sole curator for both spaces, as well as several satellite spaces in town: the Rabbit Hole, the Blue Star, Locals, and the Colorado Springs Airport among them.  He also teaches art classes out of the gallery.

Rodney Wood is Back!!

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. galleries, in conjunction with the Millibo Art Theater in their first ever collaboration, are proud to announce “Galerie Vivant,” a new solo exhibition by internationally known artist Rodney Wood.  This exhibition will debut over twenty new paintings by the acclaimed artist.  In addition to the opening reception, to be held from 5:30 pm until midnight on Friday, June 8th at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., there will be two wildly unique performances presented on The Millibo’s stage.  These shows will occur at 8 pm on Friday, June 1st, and 4 pm on Saturday, June 2nd, at the MAT, 1367 Pecan Street.  Much more than an artist’s talk, audience members will glimpse a special view into the creative process.  There will be the opportunity to see some of Wood’s muses, as well as other kinds of inspiration.  Look for live performances by violinist David Siegel, model and belly dancer Kristina Reich, soprano Jessie Oliver and pianist Lauren Andrus, dancer Camille Loftin, illusionists Joe and Carol Givan, Vlad the doll, model and poet Kim Helgoe, and other surprises.  Both programs will be followed by a viewing for an up close and personal look at the artwork as well as the opportunity to meet the artist and performers.  Tickets are only $9, and can be purchased at  Seating is limited, don’t delay!  The Modbo can be reached at 633-4240, or the Millibo Art Theater at 465-6321.


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The Rubrittican Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historical Society of Ceralusia present “Rubrittica vs. Ceralusia,” opening in the Arts Alley District on Friday, May 4th. This opening will take place at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. and goes from 5:30 pm until midnight. The show runs through Friday, June 1st.“Rubrittica vs. Ceralusia” is an historical exploration of war; an opportunity to examine both human nature and the foibles of memory.

New Exhibition, A Display of Truly Amazing Painting!

he Modbo and S.P.Q.R., the Arts Alley District, proudly present their newest shows. Opening on Friday, March 2nd at 5:30 pm with the opening reception going until midnight. The Modbo will host works of Joe Bonomo and Chris Alvarez, while we welcome newcomers Michael DeVore and Cecilia Thorell over in S.P.Q.R. Don’t miss this fantastic show! We’re delighted to have live music by The Ivory Banks on the evening of the opening reception. This group is the folky dream-pop duo of pianist/guitarist/vocalists Hillary Gruener and Willow Welter, with accompaniment by drummer Jonathan Johnson. The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are located at 17B and 17C East Bijou St. in downtown Colorado Springs.

About the artists:

Chris Alvarez, showing in The Modbo, has been a student and teacher at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs since 1997. He studied under school founders Sparky LeBold and Chuck Mardosz for five years before becoming one of the first students to develop into an instructor. He also taught beginning drawing for five years at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where he earned a BA in fine art with distinction. Alvarez’s work has won several awards, such as Plein Air Magazine’s grand prize at the Paint Historic Manitou Springs Paintout in Manitou Springs in 2005, and the grand prize at the Victor Celebrates the Arts Paintout in Victor in 2002. He is currently represented by the Seedboat Gallery in Silver City, NM, Egeli Gallery in Provincetown, MA and

As an artist, Chris finds that there are no ordinary moments, that there are no ordinary scenes. As he observes everyday life, he also challenges his perceptions of what is interesting. Chris looks to find interesting compositions in routine life. He now believes that creativity is not only tied to what an artist can do with his imagination as it relates to original ideas, but to what an artist can do with the mundane.

Also at The Modbo, we welcome local artist Joe Bonomo. Joe will be unveiling a number of works of art based on a theme. Moving away from his previous style that gained him notoriety, this artist is now exploring other, more contemporary subjects such as in the steam punk culture. He has also decided to put together two other figurative collections. The first is a series of four paintings done as tributes to each season. The second series is comprised of four additional paintings dedicated to the arts: fine art, music, drama and dance.

Inherently a self-taught artist, Bonomo takes great care in his personal studies of the masters and innovators of the art world. Bonomo states, “I truly believe that the painter is his own best teacher and student.” Observation, exploration, and dedication have been his teachers. Bonomo pulls from a pool of knowledge accumulated by artists past and present with an exuberance that translates to his work.

S.P.Q.R. proudly presents newcomers Michael DeVore and Cecilia Thorell. Both are classically trained painters in the realist tradition. They met while they were both studying at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. Though Michael came from America and Cecilia from Sweden, their mutual interests and attraction brought them together in spite of a slight language barrier. Studying at the academy, they learned traditional drawing and painting techniques that had been passed down from the old masters. The school also has a second location in Gothenburg, Sweden where Cecilia is originally from. Michael and Cecilia took the opportunity to transfer there for one year to study with the talented faculty and so Michael could get to know Cecilia’s family and culture. Soon after completing the school’s intensive program, the couple married in Stockholm, Sweden. Today Michael and Cecilia live and work in Colorado Springs where they feel inspired by the area’s natural beauty. They have both exhibited their work in various shows and galleries around America and Europe. Michael has his Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Pepperdine University. Both artists are associate members of Oil Painters of America.

New Exhibition, First Friday

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., the Arts Alley District, are delighted to announce
a new opening on Friday, February 3rd, 2012. The Modbo will feature the works
of Puebloartist Bonnie Waugh in a show entitled, “Allegory,” while S.P.Q.R. exhibits
Modbo Collective member Nina Peterson’s latest oeuvre, “Femme Fatale.” The opening
reception is from 5:30 pm until midnight on Friday, February 3rd. The shows will
close on Friday, February 24th. The galleries are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou,
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903. More information available by calling 633-4240 or
Nina Peterson began experimenting with oil paints nearly seven years ago
but took a hiatus from using the medium to develop her ballpoint pen drawings.
She first began exhibiting artwork in high school and participated in the Business
of Art Center’s “Wunderkind” in 2008.   During her pursuit of an undergraduate
degree in Art History, she continued to show her ballpoint pen works to positive
reception.  In 2010, Peterson became the youngest member of The Modbo
Collective.  Upon graduation from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs,
she began preparing for her first solo exhibition at S.P.Q.R. by applying for
and receiving a Denise Pomeraning Memorial Enrichment Grant funded by the
Pikes Peak Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.

For the past year, Peterson has focused on acquiring expert painting skills.  Although largely self-taught and still seeking improvement, she recently took an oil paintingclass with Modbo and SPQR co-owner Brett Andrus that enhanced her technical ability and understanding of the medium. Femme Fatale is an exploration of painting techniques that invokes artworks from the late 19thcentury Symbolist movement.  Peterson started each piece with an under-painting and worked over it with glazes to build color variation and depth.  While studying masterpieces by Fernand Khnopff, Franz Stuck, John William Waterhouse, and Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer, Peterson found not only inspiration for her methods but also for her subject matter.   Her first solo exhibition is one that questions and subverts contemporary and historical depictions of women as cruel yet sensual.



or the past twenty years, Bonnie Waugh has been involved in the arts in many
different forms: as an artist, a curator, and always as an advocate. In 2000,
she started Red Raven studio in Pueblo, Colorado which provided work space for
artists, classes, a musicvenue, and gallery space.  In 2003, she teamed up with a company called Art in the Aspens to provide plein air workshops that were based
both at her studio and in many scenic locations around Colorado. “From there I fell in
love with oil paint and capturing thelight,” says Waugh. “I choose to paint other
things than the traditional landscape, but itis still always about the light for me.”  She became the Director of Fine Arts for the Colorado State Fair in 2008 and is still holds
that position.  She is also a member of a contemporary artist collective called
38degrees latitude based out of Pueblo.
For Waugh, “Allegory” represents a move from curating and art promotion back
into the role of the painter; the show is derived completely from her personal
experiences and relationships.  Rather than approaching the show thematically,
Waugh allowed each painting to develop independently.  She chose to explore
mystery and ritual—allowing herself the freedom to paint from a more emotional
point of view.  Bonnie sees her work as the narration of an odd story, and aims to
present images which open a door for the viewer to walk through, stimulating their
own set of visual memories and personal perspectives.

November’s New Exhibition

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., The Alley Arts District, are pleased to present a new art opening on Friday, November 11th, 2011. The Modbo will host work by Marc Huebert and Clive Nyles, while husband and wife team Douglas and Mallori Rouse will present “6 Years of Ink” on the walls of S.P.Q.R. The opening will go from 5:30 pm until midnight on 11.11.11, and the show will run through Friday, December 2nd. The galleries are located at 17B and 17C East Bijou in Colorado Springs. Info at or 719.633.4240.

At S.P.Q.R., viewers will be treated to “6 Years of Ink,” a show by Douglas and Mallori Rouse that celebrate moments and memories of the INKQB8TOR. The INKQB8TOR, sometimes referred to as the INK, is a large warehouse studio/art space originally occupied and created by Timber Kirwan and Douglas Rouse in the spring of 2005.

The INKQB8TOR has been both an art studio and a gathering place for like-mindeds to play together and let their souls be free. It has hosted a number of memorable parties, a ton of art, and the 3-day “Let’s Make a Deal” event which brought together a phenomenal group of artists and performers in a whole new setting of selling art. Since the death of Timber and the union of Douglas Rouse and Mallori Meyer, the INKQB8TOR has become a man-and-wife project, mainly for the incubation and production of artwork and community art projects. Just yards from the railroad tracks, facing Pikes Peak, the inspiration that this space has given us is magical. This show celebrates some of that magic.

Douglas Rouse, now a 10-year resident of Colorado Springs (the longest he’s ever stayed in one spot), is a professional artist specializing in mural painting, live speed painting, trompe l’oeil, and 3D chalk art. He considers himself a contemporary artist when it comes to works on canvas and usually enjoys working large. This show, however, inspired by the recent monochromatic exhibition at the Modbo, is “smaller and more accessible,” according to the artist. Rouse is also creator of the 12 Mural Project and recently completed the mural on the Warehouse Restaurant building and at the Corepower Yoga Nevada studio. Visit for a complete portfolio and to find out more about upcoming projects. Says Douglas, “I am able to thrive in Colorado because my community believes in me. Thank you Colorado Springs.”

Mallori Rouse was born in Colorado Springs and currently resides here as well. She began painting at an early age at the FAC and in school, thanks to her wonderful elementary art teacher. While living in New Zealand she realized her passion for painting and began exploring the art form with deeper expression. Her latest series of paintings is a style she refers to as “vibrating with life”. Mallori’s work was most recently seen at a duo show at A Call to Life and Dine & D’Art fundraiser for ArtReach in Denver.


The Modbo is delighted to host talented local artist Marc Huebert in conjunction with Clive Nyles, a Georgia-based artist.

Marc Huebert is a Colorado Springs artist whose work invokes multiple ideas. He is interested in advancing his technique, but can’t quite shake the childlike joy of random gesture dictating the content. Maybe someday. He graduated from UCCS in 2004 and also studied at UC Boulder and at Bard College in the 90s. He lives on the westside of Colorado Springs where he skateboards, paints, and raises his two kiddos. He also loves rainy days, long walks on the beach and rambling on for days about his feelings.

Clive Nyles attended the Savannah College of Art and Design. Although originally from England, Nyles remained in Georgia after his time at S.C.A.D. He is thrilled to have his first show in the west, having recently shown in galleries in the southeast where he won several awards for his unique abstract works. Nyles draws from such influences as Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell. Nyles’ large, non-objective compositions strive to inspire contemplation.

The Modbo’s Big Week of Stuff

Wow, this week is packed with things to do in the Arts Alley!

come join us for stuff all week.

First, on Wednesday………

The Modbo is excited to host the return of members of the acclaimed anti-orchestra Mount Righteous with local indie favorites Constellation of Cars. This show takes place on Wednesday, October 12th, at 8 pm, $5-7 suggested donation.

With their nationally known anti-orchestra Mount Righteous on a short hiatus, record company Flight Music Group (FMG) has taken this opportunity to shine some light on the talent of front-man Joey Kendall. FMG currently has Joey in the studio for his first conventional solo release. Kendall’s “Was Here,” a retrospective compilation of lo-fi demos, live recordings, and a few studio tracks with Grammy nominated producer John Congleton (Mountain Goats, David Byrne, St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, Mount Righteous), was released to rave reviews. With accompaniment from his wife Kendall Kendall (yes, Kendall Kendall), Joey is touring the West side of the U.S. this October.
Constellation of Cars is comprised of Andy Tanner (Laymen Terms, Headhum) and Kellie Palmblad (Eyes Caught Fire). They formed in October 2009 to find a nice medium to each other’s songwriting styles, landing their plane in the sea somewhere between dreary, dreamy Iceland and weathered, warm Texas. Cars released their debut EP, “The Ambiguous U,” in early 2011 to great acclaim. You can hear their music


Then On Friday ……

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., the Arts Alley District, are delighted to announce a new second Friday art opening on Friday, October 14th, beginning at 5:30 pm. In The Modbo, look for new works by Denver artist Davoth, while you can find the latest pieces by local favorite and Modbo Collective artist Phil Lear over at S.P.Q.R.

The opening reception will feature music by both beloved local band Dear Rabbit and the Denver-based free jazz ensemble, The Bottesini Project, comprised of Paul Riola on saxophones, Danny Meyer on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Glen Whitehead on trumpet, Kim Stone on bass, and Jay Ellis on drums.

READ the earlier post for more info on the two Artists.

And on Saturday…

October 15th, 8 pm, $5-7 suggested donation, The Modbo is especially excited to host the return of Levi Weaver, who played for a full house at The Modbo in September of last year. Levi will be joined by Edith’s Undergarments, comprised of Sarah Hope (of Edith Makes a Paper Chain) and friends. Additionally, The Modbo is pleased to present 13-year-old local phenom Alex Arciniega, the youngest ever singer-songwriter to perform at the gallery.

Levi Weaver hails originally from Rio Vista, Texas, and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, by way of Birmingham, England. He plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, harmonica, a little accordion, some pan flute, and percussion on a vast array of items unintended for use as percussion. His big break came in 2006 when he got a support slot for Imogen Heap in Birmingham and was asked to join her on her entire North American tour. Since then, he’s been touring in the US and has just released his latest album, The Letters of Dr. Kurt Goedel. You can hear him at

October, New Exhibition. Phil Lear and Davoth!

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., the Arts Alley District, are delighted to announce a new second Friday art opening on Friday, October 14th, beginning at 5:30 pm. In The Modbo, look for new works by Denver artist Davoth, while you can find the latest pieces by local favorite and Modbo Collective artist Phil Lear over at S.P.Q.R.

The opening reception will feature music by both beloved local band Dear Rabbit and the Denver-based free jazz ensemble, The Bottesini Project, comprised of Paul Riola on saxophones, Danny Meyer on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Glen Whitehead on trumpet, Kim Stone on bass, and Jay Ellis on drums.

Phil Lear graduated from Pensacola Christian College’s Commercial Art program in 1997, where he studied for four years under established illustrators and designers. It was during this time that he began to realize a passion for painting and for expressing the beauty he saw all around. Personal study and a deep love for the art of the Renaissance and late-Victorian eras increased both his knowledge of painterly innovation and his fast-growing desire to become an artist himself.

After illustrating for missionaries in Switzerland in 1999, Phil returned to the United States and began taking steps towards entering the professional world of painters. He became a charter member of the Portrait Society of America, and has displayed work in several public exhibitions and competitions. Phil now furthers his study and artistic journey in the company of a group of young artists known as The Modbo Collective, at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. Galleries in Colorado Springs, CO. He also shows at Mountain Living Studios in Manitou Springs, CO. In 2010, the Colorado Springs Gazette awarded him the Gold Medal for Best Art Exhibition of the year.

Phil Lear has always strived to bring an emotional charge to his work, a charge that he intends to have resonate with the viewer long after the initial viewing. Murky grays, browns, and strokes of sky blue pile on the canvas to form a barrage of color that both intrigues and gratifies the eye in a fresh painterly realism. As a story-teller, his canvases are peopled, with a disparate, ragtag band of characters whose entrance on the scene can be at once inspiring and disquieting—wild-eyed youth, brooding poets, defiant downtrodden martyrs, spellbinding vixens, and fallen angels, tragic heroes and the criminally bent. They are strangers, but with a deep connection to the distant song of reality and life. “As a narrative figurative painter, I feel a mission to create work that embodies the classical ideal, and speaks to the universal and timeless aspects of the human experience.”

Davoth was born in Chicago, grew up in Kansas, and escaped to Colorado Springs in 1996. He began making sculpture and eventually paintings as both a positive and negative response to a trip to Santa Fe, NM. Davoth has kept his creative and aesthetic education to the very individual and minimal so as to both control direction and also to limit influence from various schools of art theory and conserve originality. He now resides in Denver, CO.
Davoth finds the world to be a chaotic, yet incredibly beautiful place. In shunning his more natural sense for clarity and order and making the effort to notice his surroundings at each second, Davoth is able to stay open to the new and the fresh; it is then that he is most in awe of the world. His work comes from a place of simple idea, over which many changes occur organically. The artist prides himself on avoiding academic aesthetic choices, instead trusting his instincts to produce meaningful artistic compositions.


The Modbo presents a call for artists for +1, its Monochromatic Show. Entry fee is $7 per piece. Delivery of entries occurs on Saturday, September 3rd, from 11:00 to 3:00 pm. Notification of acceptance will occur on Sunday, September 4th. Pieces must be tints and shades of one color, and ready to hang (d-rings or screw eyes and wired). This juried exhibition will run from September 9th to October 7th. Questions? Email or call 633-4240.

New Exhibitions


The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., the Arts Alley District, proudly present a new second Friday opening on June 10, 2011.  The Modbo will host work by students of Modbo Art Classes over the past two years—classes which have included everything from Introduction to Drawing to Advanced Oil Painting.  This is a fabulous opportunity to see the progress of our dedicated students. 


S.P.Q.R. will feature the return of the In Process Show.  For the four Fridays of this show, you will have the opportunity to watch artists at work, as they begin with a blank canvas or board and bring a work to completion by the end of the show on Friday, July 1st.  It is your chance to demystify the process of art making and to observe for yourself how different the artists’ journey can be—a mostly rare opportunity for the general public!  For the closing night, July 1st, Doug Rouse will join the fray with a speed painting performance.  Participating artists for this show include Chris Alvarez, Lorelei Beckstrom, Brett Andrus, Troy DeRose, Nina Peterson, Trevor Thomas, and Phil Lear.  You will have the opportunity to bid on the paintings, silent-auction style, throughout the course of the month of the show.  Winners will be declared at the show’s closing.